Unless you have superior willpower, the holidays can be a tempting time for everyone. With all of the sugary treats and carb-fueled foods surrounding you, resisting the urge can be tough. We are here to help you avoid gaining the festive fifteen with these five helpful tips on staying healthy this holiday season.
Use a Smaller Plate
Trick your brain by using a salad plate instead of a large dinner plate. You can still fill it up with your favorites, but you won’t be eating as much. Your brain will think you’re eating more when you’re actually munching on smaller portions!
Never Attend a Party Hungry
Similarly to the old rule, never go to the grocery store hungry, never go to a party when you’re starving. With the amount of snacks placed in front of you, you’ll be more likely to binge on fatty foods like dips or sweets.
Something is better than nothing. It may be difficult for you to hit the gym if you’re visiting family out of town, but a brisk walk down the street will do a lot of good. Find an O2 Fitness near you and squeeze in a quick weight lifting session or Group Fitness class.
Drink Lots of Water
Water, water, water. Between glasses of eggnog and holiday cocktails, try to drink at least eight cups of water a day. Water plays a huge role in making your body feel full. Not only that but it does wonders in cleaning out your system of toxins and relieves ailments like bloating and headaches.
Indulge in Moderation
The trick to keeping a balanced diet is allowing yourself a treat every so often. If you try to completely cut out sweets from your diet, it may end up in a binge and erase the progress you had made. If you’ve been practicing portion control and filling up on healthy foods, why not reward yourself with something you’ve been craving?